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9-11 November 2012: Shared teacher training event for Albanian and Serbian communities in South Serbia Part II, Bujanovac

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9-11 November 2012: Shared teacher training event for Albanian and Serbian communities in South Serbia Part II, Bujanovac

 

The second workshop of shared teacher training in South Serbia took place in Bujanovac and followed up on the positive experiences of the first workshop in Vranje in June of this year.  This time, 19 teachers worked in mixed groups and proved that different ethnic backgrounds-even in this sensitive area-do not constitute a barrier to successful co-operation. The trainers team consisted of two young professionals from the University of Tirana, Dr. Andi Pinari and Dr. Ermal Baze, who worked together with a Serbian historian from the Institute of History in Belgrade, Dr. Goran Miloradovic, two Serbian history teachers from our history teacher network and an Albanian history teacher from Montenegro.

Several positive and enthusiastic comments were made by teachers, such as: "I am participating in this seminar from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a weekend because I believe that if I understand at least 80% of what is taught here and if I can pass on 25% of it to my students, then I believe we can create a better future". Another participant said "We should re-think who deserves to be called a ‘hero’ - someone who destroys, or someone who creates? Some of our heroes did terrible things to other ethnicities."  Participants stated that meeting each other was a strong motivational element in pushing for more tolerance within the communities, a tolerance that grows from personal experience and therefore stands on solid grounds.
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